Inaugural KS Inglis address

making Australian media history

Bridget Griffen-Foley*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This address considers the development of media history as a field of research in Australia. It takes the form of a historiographical excursion, beginning with a focus on the press, and then extending to broadcasting, and touching on the work of KS Inglis as a through line. After considering what I identify as a historiographical blossoming since the 1980s, I extend my gaze to the tools and institutions for media history that have emerged, including online resources, a conference series and a research centre. Finally, I use my own 1990s research into the Packer empire to illustrate how some of the techniques for doing media history have changed in the past 20 years. In doing so, I reflect on both the benefits, and the limitations, of digital tools and techniques for Australian media historians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-21
Number of pages19
JournalMedia International Australia
Issue number1
Early online date12 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019



  • Australian media history
  • digital humanities
  • historiography
  • KS Inglis
  • newspaper digitisation

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